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People Like Us exclusive audio mix for The Wire

Vicki Bennett compiles a comprehensive soundtrack to her Wire cover feature, piecing together 30 years’ worth of work in a new mix:

“Collage makes sense of things in a manner that our brain understands”, says samplist Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us, speaking to contributor Abi Bliss in The Wire 447. “Because of these fragmental parts and the way we assemble information, collage is like the working of the brain”.

In her cover feature interview, Bennett discusses the influence of Buddhism, the subversion of popular culture and the auto-regenerative nature of cut and paste, as well as her audio-visual multi-screen project Gone, Gone Beyond, which is set to tour the UK and Oslo this year. Here, the prolific artist reflects on 30 years in the field of collage and sampling with a retrospective mix, packed full of solo and collaborative releases and radio works spanning her long career.


People Like Us “Music Of Your Own” (2000)
People Like Us “Smash And Grab” (1994)
People Like Us with Adrian Phillips aka Mr Rotorvator “Country Drives” (1995)
People Like Us “A Crossed Line” (1995)
People Like Us, Wobbly, Peter Conheim & Don Joyce (KFJC California) (1998)
People Like Us, Charles Powne (Chuckles) “Untitled” (KBOO Oregon) (1998)
People Like Us “Jingle” (1999)
People Like Us, Wobbly & The Jet Black Hair People “KZSU 14 Sept 99” (1999)
People Like Us with Rik Patten, Drew Daniel, MC Schmidt, Peter Conheim & Adrian Phillips “Hi There” (2000)
People Like Us “Whistle Song” (2000)
People Like Us “Sugar And Splice” (2000)
People Like Us “Nobody Does” (2000)
People Like Us “Dolphy” (2000)
People Like Us “Millennium Dome” (1998)
People Like Us “Swinglargo” (2000)
People Like Us “Stifled Love” (2002)
People Like Us with MC Schmidt “Scott Slim” (2002)
People Like Us & Wobbly “OB & Cha Cha (Live At Other Cinema, ATA)” (2002)
People Like Us, Wobbly & Don Joyce “Baby is Three II Over The Edge” (2002)
People Like Us “Gongexeva” (2003)
People Like Us & Kenny G “I’ve Got You” (2003)
People Like Us, Matmos & Wobbly “Morning (Live At SF Art Institute)” (2003)
People Like Us, Matmos & Wobbly “Dolly Pardon (Live At SF Art Institute)” (2003)
People Like Us “The Doody Waltz (John Peel Session)” (2004)
People Like Us “Listen To The” (2004)
People Like Us “Downtown Once More” (2004)
People Like Us “Blue Bayou” (2006)
People Like Us “Everyday” (2006)
People Like Us “Stand By Your” (2006)
People Like Us “Social Dance Song” (DO or DIY, WFMU) (2007)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “A Bastard’s Waltz” (2007)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Pierrot’s Persecution Mania” (2007)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Snow Day” (2007)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Soggy Style” (2007)
People Like Us “On The Rooftops Of London” (Mixing It, BBC) (2007)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “In The Waking” (2008)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Moon” (2008)
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Singin’ Femme Fatale” (2008)
People Like Us “Lavender White” (2010)
People Like Us & Wobbly “Female Convict” (2010)
People Like Us & Wobbly “Pain” (2010)
People Like Us “Sing” (2011)
People Like Us “The Sound Of The End Of Music” (2011)
People Like Us “Abridge” (2013)
People Like Us “Who’s Watching Who” (2014)
People Like Us “Shopping” (2014)
People Like Us “No One Is An Island” (WDR Radio Piece) (2016)
People Like Us “All On A Beautiful Day” (2016)
People Like Us “The Mirror” (2018)
People Like Us “Listen With Your Eyes” (2019)
People Like Us “Forever” (2018)

Read Abi Bliss’s interview with People Like Us in The Wire 447. Subscribers can also read the article online via The Wire’s digital archive.

https://www.thewire.co.uk/audio/tracks/wire-mix-30-years-of-people-like-us

The Wire Cover Pic!

This is on sale at The Wire’s online shop from 13 April 2021 and from selected newsagents, record and book shops from 15 April 2021. The digital edition of the issue is published online at Exact Editions and in the Wire app.

Includes a career-covering interview and the above cover picture. On The Wire website we’re be sharing a 4.5 hour (no point trying to be popular now, is there!) mix of People Like Us, and our 2020 movie Fourth Wall later in the month.

ALL COMMISSION ENQUIRIES OR BOOKINGS FOR GONE, GONE BEYOND ARE TO BE DONE DIRECTLY WITH US THROUGH OUR CONTACT PAGE.

Oscillation: Tuned Circuits

Online and Brussels Mill, Belgium
29|04|2021 – 02|05|2021

Four day festival in Brussels taking its name from radio pioneer Daphne Oram. The festival will also broadcast audio via its website regardless. Featuring talks, concerts and workshops from People Like Us, Catherine Lamb, Daphne Oram, Farida Amadou, Lucretia Dalt, Goodiepal & Pals, Áine O’Dwyer, Jessica Ekomane, Jonáš Gruska and Lukas De Clerck. Online and Brussels Mill, 29 April–2 May.

People Like Us will have a special one hour audio mix broadcast on the radio, and you can watch The Mirror online via their website, for the entirety of the festival.

https://oscillation-festival.be/

Welcome Abroad on vinyl!

Welcome Abroad LP on Discrepant [CREP84]
Releases 4th JUNE, 2021, taking pre-orders from 31st MARCH 2021
(digital download straight away and we send the LP as soon as we get them)

We’re taking pre-orders for Welcome Abroad on vinyl!  Official release date 4th June, but will send when we receive them. 
https://peoplelikeus-vickibennett.bandcamp.com/album/welcome-abroad

Discrepant Press Release: Continuing our ambitious People Like Us vinyl reissue program with Welcome Aboard – a strangely relevant 10-year-old album (originally released in May 2011 on Illegal Art) when People Like Us aka Vicki Bennett became stranded in the US after the Icelandic Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption closed much of northern Europe’s airspace.

Volcanically marooned in Baltimore and NYC, Bennett utilized some of her “free” time to work on the album and even gained audio contributions from fellow experimental musicians Jason Willett (of Half Japanese) and M.C. Schmidt (of Matmos) via her extended stay.

Bennett derived thematic material of displacement, travel, and a longing for elsewhere from the natural disaster that caused her own predicament. Now strangely echoed by the Covid-19 outbreak and the various grounding of planes and stay at home policies worldwide.

While the general mashup culture often centres on the instant gratification of seamlessly juxtaposing hooks, People Like Us tracks transform the source material into collages that are equal parts dissonance and pleasure, making artful commentaries on our culture and Bennett’s own existential amusement within such a wondrous world. No one could have predicted how relevant this album would have been 10 years later.

LP TRACKLIST:
A1. Sing
A2. What Will I Do
A3. Push The Clouds Away
A4. The Sound Of The End Of Music A5. Wonderful Wonderful
B1. Hush
B2. Driving Flying Rising Falling
B3. The Atlantic Conveyor
B4. Wandering
B5. Ever

This is the LP vinyl version with an instant mp3 download of the longer CD version of the album.

500 Units

Welcome Abroad is the soundtrack to a dream – overlaying a cabaret with the circus, a music hall with the radio, a nightclub with the movies. Finely tuned sounds from the collective unconscious, fitted together with care and clarity and skill, producing a hallucinatory landscape that shifts and slides, shimmering with each new sample. Julie Andrews duets with Jim Morrison? Damn.” – Steinski

Includes unlimited streaming of Welcome Abroad via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

An Art Apart/Different People – new book and film by Carl Abrahamsson

Different People” is an anthology of interviews by Swedish author Carl Abrahamsson, focusing on art, life and the creative process. Included are in-depth conversations with Conrad Rooks, Malcolm McLaren, Stelarc, John Duncan, Charles Gatewood, Mark McCloud, Ralph Metzner, Peter Beard, Bill Landis, Ralph Gibson, Maja Elliott, Michael Bowen, Bob Colacello, Dian Hanson, Anton Corbijn, June Newton, Kendell Geers, Simeon Coxe III (Silver Apples), Vicki Bennett (People Like Us), and Brian Williams (Lustmord). These groundbreaking artists, writers, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, editors and psychedelic researchers have all helped shape the culture we live in. But what makes them do what they do? Which are their driving forces and their inspirations; their joys and fears? Trapart Books, 2021, 6 x 9” paperback, illustrated with photographic portraits, 292 pages. https://store.trapart.net/details/00118

Vicki Bennett / People Like Us is part of the new An Art Apart film & book. Want to help make it happen? https://igg.me/at/anartapart/x/18702014#/

Aloha Fridays Radio Show

People Like Us host Aloha Fridays
Friday, January 1st, 2021, 11am – 2pm on Aloha Fridays radio show (on Sheena’s Jungle Room Stream) Live Playlist: https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/99690
Join People Like Us who are hosting Aloha Fridays radio show for one week only… playing three hours of NICE THINGS on WFMU’s alt stream Sheena’s Jungle Room.

People Like Us 3-Hour WFMU Radio Shows for 4 Weeks

People Like Us have returned to the radio on WFMU for a 3-hour radio show from 9-Noon EST (that’s 2pm-5pm UK) for 4 CONSECUTIVE THURSDAYS filling in for DJ Trouble.

Listen: http://wfmu.org / DO or DIY http://wfmu.org/playlists/PL
Playlist and archive for Week 1 (26 November 2020): https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/98773

Playlist and archive for Week 2 (3 December 2020):
https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/98923
Playlist and archive for Week 3 (10 December 2020):
https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/99138
Playlist and archive for Week 4 (17 December 2020 – Matmos Special)
https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/99330

In week 4 (17 December 2020) we’ll be joined by M.C.Schmidt and Drew Daniel, aka Matmos

MAAT Lisbon: Porest & People Like Us exhibition

DO YOU MISS THE PRESENT?
6 November 2020 In the gallery at The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon
Tickets Free with museum ticket
Curator: Gonçalo F. Cardoso
Av. Brasília 1300-598 Belém, Portugal
https://www.maat.pt/index.php/en/event/do-you-miss-present

People Like Us will screen The Mirror, and Porest will screen their new film here at 7pm (UTC): https://vimeo.com/476324332

People Like Us and Porest were both due to perform live concerts at MAAT in Lisbon on 6 November but unfortunately because of the pandemic we will not be travelling. So instead our work will be screened in the gallery on the same date. Details above.

Cancelled: The Mirror Paris BBMix

This is now cancelled because of the current global situation – more specifically because of the French month-long lockdown.

People Like Us will perform The Mirror at BBMix Festival on Saturday 21 November 2020
at Carré Belle-feuille, Paris in the 3pm to 7pm portion of the festival. The festival has adjusted hours to allow for the curfew. / € 11

Tickets available in advance on the above link. Unlike most of our activities this year, we will be there in person performing it, so long as we are able at the time of travel (in accordance with the ongoing global situation). Please continue to check the festival website for updates.